With its services, DoBuS not only supports students, but also teachers and all other members of the university in establishing equal study opportunities for students with disabilities. In this context, Counseling and the area of Accessible Media and Assistive Technologies form the two main working areas of DoBuS. Moreover, research projects are used to establish new services and to further develop general structures and services at the university in accordance with the concept of disability mainstreaming.
To study with a disability or chronic illness may raise a variety of questions, needs and obstacles. The counseling services at DoBuS are based on the principle of voluntary participation. The counseling starts from the individual study situation of each student. These are experts in their own rights and should be supported in finding and implementing proactive and self-responsible options for action and solutions. Thereby, some members of the DoBuS team can draw on their own experiences with disabilities and incorporate them as part of the concept of peer-counseling into the counseling process.
Following the bio-psycho-social model of the ICF, the counseling of students focuses not only on the individual effects of impairment in higher education, but also on the contextual factors that interfere with equal participation in university. The findings from individual counseling are used as part of the Dortmund working approach to reduce obstacles at universities and to create improved inclusive study conditions.
An overview of specific counseling services can be found in the section “Students” and “Prospective Students”.
Apart from students, DoBuS also advises all other university employees on the topic of studies and disabilities in accordance with the concept of Disability Mainstreaming. An overview of the specific counseling services can be found in the “Staff” section.
For students with disabilities, assistive technologies can make an important contribution to the success of their studies. For example, students with visual impairment or blindness often use magnification or speech output software. Students with a hearing impairment use special devices, called microport devices, which transmit lectures to their hearing aid. Students with motor impairments use speech input software or specialized keyboards. There is a wide range of assistive technology and software available, and a large variety of opportunities to apply them during studies. DoBuS advises students on the possibilities and limitations of using assistive technology. DoBuS also provides a workroom and assistive technology center where students have access to a diverse selection of assistive technology tools. This enables university students to work digitally and write exams accessibly. In individual training sessions and workshops, DoBuS offers students the opportunity to further develop their own skills in the use of assistive technology based on their individual study requirements. In the section “Accessible Media and Assistive Technology” you can find extensive information about the services provided for students.
For assistive technologies to be effective and students with disabilities to have equal opportunities to study, it is of crucial importance that (digital) learning environments and study materials are made accessible. Moreover, in the interest of appropriate arrangements in particular cases, it may also be required that students need individual adaptations of materials that go beyond the standards of accessibility. In the section “Digital Accessibility”, you will find detailed information on how DoBuS support teachers and all other employees in creating accessible learning environments and materials.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.